Matthew McConaughey says he will not run for Texas Governor: "We have some problems we need to fix"

Matthew McConaughey says he will not run for Texas Governor: "We have some problems we need to fix"

The actor said he spent a lot of time watching and learning from the political climate in the country and in Texas.

Matthew McConaughey has put an end to all the speculation and all the rumors by announcing he will not be stepping into politics in the near future.

For months, McConaughey has been tossing around the idea of him running for governor in Texas but revealed in a video on Sunday that he is keeping the idea aside for now. The 52-year-old Oscar-winning said he spent a lot of time watching the political arena in the country and in Texas to know how he could best serve the people if he ran for Texas governor.

"As a simple kid born in the little town of Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for political leadership," McConaughey said, as quoted by PEOPLE. "It's a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It's also a path that I'm choosing not to take at this moment."

The Dallas Buyers Club actor's announcement comes about two weeks before the deadline to join the race for Texas governor.


McConaughey also took a moment to reflect on all that he has learned from watching the political sphere. "What have I learned? A lot," he said. "That we have some problems we need to fix. That our politics needs new purpose. That we have divides that need healing. That we need more trust in our lives."

"I've learned that freedom comes with responsibility, and that great leaders serve," the actor went on to say. "Whether a politician, a CEO, star quarterback, a mother, father, husband, wife, brother, friend, mentor, or teacher, we lead by serving each other. We lead through our service. What is service? Service is taking on responsibility today, so we can have more freedom tomorrow. Service is making the better choice for you and for me."

For a while now, McConaughey has been playing with the idea of entering politics and said in the month of September, as quoted by CNN, "I'm measuring it. Look, it's going to be in some capacity... I just -- I'm more of a folksy and philosopher poet statesman than I am a, per se, definitive politician."


"So I go, well, that's a reason not to, but then I go, no, that's exactly why you should, because politics needs redefinition, but I'm measuring, you know, what is my category? What's my embassy?" he added.

Now that he has decided to put an end to the speculation and not run for Texas governor, he said he will continue supporting entrepreneurs, businesses, and foundations as much as he can because he believes they are "leaders."

He wants to help establishments that are "creating pathways for people to succeed in life," he said in the video he posted on Sunday.

"Organizations that have a mission to serve and build trust while also generating prosperity -- that's the American dream," he added. "Politicians, the good ones, can help us get to where we need to go... but let's be clear, they can't do anything for us unless we choose to do for ourselves."


Cover image source: Getty Images | Photo by Noam Galai

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